Course Title: Regional Planning Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Regional Planning Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Andrew Butt

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3351

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11.31

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Regional Planning Project will introduce you to the social, economic and environmental trends shaping planning policy and practice in rural and regional areas. The course challenges you to explore contemporary planning issues and key theoretical frameworks in rural and regional planning and to use qualitative and quantitative research and policy development to devise strategic planning solutions. It introduces you to conceptual and practical approaches to rural and regional planning at the strategic level; challenges you to assess current planning policies and practices in light of current and future trends; and invites an appreciation of planning issues in the dynamic economies, societies and environments that characterise and rural and regional Australia. 

Note: This course may involve field visits outside of Melbourne and may include travels costs. For Flex term delivery this may include multi-day field visits and accommodation costs.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcome: 

• Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving urban and regional problems in diverse contexts and assessing implications of decisions and actions. 


Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Identify and describe regions through their physical, geographical, land use, environment, social, economic and cultural characteristics;
  2. Outline and review key contemporary planning challenges and opportunities in rural and regional contexts;
  3. Find and use credible and reliable quantitative and qualitative information to explore and describe these issues in a regional and rural context;
  4. Analyse policies and strategies and evaluate their relevance and application in planning practice;
  5. Communicate strategic planning policy in collaborative settings. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, workshops, guest presentations, field visits, group discussion, and group and individual research. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

 There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment Tasks

  1. Collaborative Regional Planning Case Study Project (35%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  2. Field Study Analysis (20%) (Linked to CLO 4 and 5)
  3. Critical Analysis of Rural and Regional Planning Issue (45%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2 and 4) 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.